Don’s Notebook April 19, 2018


This morning’s pre-market Initial Jobless claim report was favorable, at 232,000 in the April 14 week. This is 5,000 higher than the mid-March reading which offers a sample-week to sample-week comparison for the monthly employment report. A rise in jobless claims may have sparked talk of a weak April employment report.

Overnight picture:

  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.5 percent
  • Japan’s Topix index closed little changed
  • Malaysia’s benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index ended the session at a record high.
  • Trading was subdued in Europe – the Stoxx 600 Index was broadly unchanged
    • Miners were among the best performers.
  • S&P 500 futures were slightly lower
  • 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.891%
  • Gold was flat.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and Blackstone Group are reporting earnings.

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